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Using Black and White Photos

Black and white photos are probably my all-time favorite.  Over the years I’ve learned that even if it’s not the greatest photo, making it black and white is rather forgiving!  For today’s layout I’m using black and white photos, and giving you some tips on the best way to make them stand out on your scrapbook page.

My first step was trimming down the Blissful paper to 8×5 x 11.  Lately I’ve been on an 8.5 x 11 page kick; there’s no rhyme or reason behind it other than I like the size and I like that I’m getting more out of my 12 x 12 paper this way, as you’re left with a wide strip to use on other projects.  Next I cut some skinny, angled strips from the Pretty Palette and Blissful papers to use along the top edge of the layout.


I wanted the photos (sized at approximately 2 x 2) to sit on their own embellishment clusters, so I started with a few paper scraps, then layered larger shapes from the vellum pack over top.  The soft colors of this Maggie Holmes line, and the vellum pieces, provide a soft background to make the black and white pictures really stand out. I stapled the paper and vellum pieces together, then adhered the photos.  To dress up these areas I cut the doily shape and the seal shape in half, tucking them behind the photos and layers.  I loved the bulls-eye vellum circle because of the color and the saying, so I stapled it to one photo.


I created another embellishment area on the bottom left corner of the layout by fussy cutting a camera from the Snapshot paper, layering a paper strip and a few vellum shapes over top,  stapling them to add texture.  I used Mini Market alphas for the title, then added the date with a stamp and black ink to start my journaling area.  I have a tendency to repeat stamp the date whenever I use a date stamp because I like the repetition and the effect of being imperfectly-perfect on my page.

I created another embellishment cluster by layering a second fussy cut camera over the vellum mason jar, attaching it to the page with foam adhesive.  I added a vellum arrow for few a more pops of gold on the page.


The last element for this layout was the butterflies, stapled with the Tiny Attacher.  I wanted to have some balance between the bottom left corner and top right edge, so this seemed like a logical place for the biggest butterfly.


The two small, black and white photos really stand out against the soft palette and the 8.5 x 11 page helps so the smaller photos don’t get lost on the layout.  I also love black and white photos on monochromatic pages!

Happy Creating!